There is a high demand for the cherry fruit from several parts of the world, and it’s not difficult to see why. Cherries — those round, deep red, light pink or even bright yellow little fruits that can be incredibly sweet or sour — have long captivated the taste buds and culinary imaginations of average individuals and skilled chefs alike. It’s easy to find home cooks who will boast of their “famous” pies, cakes and other desserts featuring their location’s most stellar produce, and (especially for the countries that do have it), the cherry is no exception. Cherry pies, cherry cheesecakes, cherry ice cream, cherry sauces… The list can go on and on as people will never tire of thinking of new ways to highlight the remarkable taste and texture of this fruit — even eating it raw is a timeless example of how to enjoy the very essence of this all-natural “candy”.
Of course, the quality of the fruit will vary depending on where the trees take root; some locations will inevitably produce tastier, bigger or sweeter varieties than others, and for this particular piece, the focus is on the rolling cherry orchards of Tasmania.
Here are different points which illustrate why Tasmanian cherries are some of the best varieties of the fruit that can be found in the world.
1. The island of Tasmania
Being an island, Tasmania is known to have a temperate maritime climate, which is a favourable condition for growing cherry trees. Such a climate will mean longer and gentler growing periods; cherry fruit trees grown in such an environment will yield cherries that develop slowly and, consequently, are fuller flavoured as a result. What’s more, Tasmania is internationally recognised for its Area Freedom status for the Fruit Fly, and strict quarantine controls have made the state free from several important diseases and pests (like fire blight). This highly pest- and disease-free status means that very small amounts of chemicals are required to maintain cherry orchards, and thus higher quality fruits are produced.
2. Insightful production methods
Cherry growers in Tasmania take care to select the varieties they plant according to a number of factors: fruiting ability, the size of the fruit, the harvest period, resistance to cracking, and such. Main varieties grown in Tasmania include Sweetheart, Simone, Lapin, Kordia and Regina.
3. Quality harvest procedures
Cherry season in Tasmania begins mid to late December and ends at around late February. The peak production period is from mid to late January. After being harvested, cherries for export are hydrocooled and packed in specially designed equipment to meet export specifications. The food safety and quality assurance system observed in the state makes the cherry fruits suitable for export to over 20 countries across the globe, including Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The next time you plan to buy cherries (either from farmers’ markets or by looking for cherries online), see if there are Tasmanian cherries available. Thanks to excellent geographical conditions, expert planting practices, and local pride in the land’s natural bounty, Tasmanians are taking their superb cherries to different parts of the world — and it definitely counts as a sweet success.